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  • After Surgery: Discomforts and Complications

    After Surgery: Discomforts and Complications What are some common postoperative discomforts? The amount of discomfort following surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. Some typical discomfo...

  • Common Surgical Procedures

    Common Surgical Procedures Common surgical procedures: Some of the most common surgical operations performed in the United States include the following: Appendectomy An appendectomy is the surgical r...

  • Discharge Planning

    Discharge Planning Discharge planning after surgery Once you meet the discharge criteria specified for your type of surgery, you will be released to go home or be transferred from the recovery room o...

  • Glossary - Surgical Care

    Glossary - Surgical Care A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z A [return to top] Abdominal hysterectomy - the uterus is removed through t...

  • Home Page - Surgical Care

    Topic Index Surgery Statistics Surgery Overview Questions To Ask Before Surgery Preoperative Management Intraoperative Care Postoperative Management Glossary Surgery, as defined by the American Medic...

  • How Wounds Heal

    How Wounds Heal Most of us take wound healing for granted. You get a small cut, clean and cover it with a bandage, and move on with your life. Yet under that bandage (or in the open air), the body or...

  • Intra-Abdominal Abscess

    Intra-Abdominal Abscess An intra-abdominal abscess is a collection of pus or infected fluid that is surrounded by inflamed tissue inside the abdomen. It can involve any abdominal organ, or it can set...

  • Intraoperative Care

    Intraoperative Care During your procedure, special care is taken by all members of the surgical team to ensure that no complications arise. Below are some of the considerations that need to be made i...

  • Methods of Surgery

    Methods of Surgery What are the different methods of surgery? With technical advances today, surgery does not necessarily mean large incisions, as in the past. Depending on the type of surgery, there...

  • Online Resources - Surgical Care

    Online Resources - Surgical Care This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical adv...

  • Other Techniques of Surgery

    Other Techniques of Surgery Other techniques of surgery: In addition to using traditional surgical knives in surgery, both open and minimally invasive surgery can use the following alternative techni...

  • Outpatient Surgery

    Outpatient Surgery What is outpatient surgery? With improved technology and advances in anesthesia and pain control, many less invasive surgical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient, o...

  • Pain Management

    Pain Management Pain control after surgery: Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. It is normal to expect a certain amount of pain following surgery; however, if pain does not sub...

  • Postoperative Management

    Postoperative Management Recovering From Surgery / Intensive Care After Surgery: Discomforts and Complications Pain Management Discharge Planning ...

  • Preoperative Management

    Preoperative Management Before any type of surgical procedure, it is important to become prepared. Listed below are considerations that should be made before any elective (nonemergency) procedure. Pr...

  • Preparing for Surgery

    Preparing for Surgery Preparing for surgery: As with any type of surgery, there are certain preparations that need to take place. Determining what preparations are necessary will depend on what type ...

  • Purpose of Having Surgery

    Purpose of Having Surgery What is the purpose of surgery? Surgery, whether elective or required, is done for a multitude of reasons. A patient may have surgery to: Further explore the condition for t...

  • Questions to Ask Before Surgery

    Questions to Ask Before Surgery Important questions to ask before having surgery Millions of Americans will undergo surgery each year. It is important for patients to be informed about the surgery be...

  • Recovering From Surgery/Intensive Care

    Recovering From Surgery/Intensive Care Recovering from surgery: Once surgery has been completed, you are brought to the recovery room, which also may be called the post-anesthesia care unit. In the r...

  • Surgery Overview

    Surgery Overview Types of Surgery The Surgical Setting Purpose of Having Surgery ...

  • Surgery Statistics

    Surgery Statistics According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 45 million inpatient surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2007, followed closely ...

  • Surgical Site Infections

    Surgical Site Infections Your skin is a natural barrier against infection, so any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to a postoperative infection. Doctors call these infections surgical...

  • Tests Performed Before Surgery

    Tests Performed Before Surgery Many surgeons order routine laboratory tests before admission to the hospital, or even before certain outpatient procedures, to identify potential problems that might c...

  • The Surgical Setting

    The Surgical Setting What will the surgical setting look like? In the past, surgery may have meant a lengthy hospital stay to recover. With modern medical advances, the patient now has several option...

  • The Surgical Team

    The Surgical Team When a patient undergoes surgery, a team of medical staff assists the surgeon in the procedure. The number of team members differs depending on the type of surgery performed. Among ...

  • Topic Index - Surgical Care

    Topic Index - Surgical Care Surgery Home Surgery Statistics Surgery Overview Types of Surgery The Surgical Setting Purpose of Having Surgery Questions To Ask Before Surgery Preoperative Management Pr...

  • Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist

    Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist Types of anesthesia During surgery, you will be given some form of anesthesia--medication administered for the relief of pain and sensation during surger...

  • Types of Surgery

    Types of Surgery What is surgical diagnosis? Unless it is an emergency, you and your physician may discuss surgery as a way to correct your condition upon diagnosis. This decision is based on careful...